Before Endodontic Treatment
Our goal is for you to be comfortable during your visit.
Endodontic procedures are usually performed using only local anesthesia. Using routine local anesthetics, we get our patients profoundly numb–making the experience virtually, and in most cases, completely painless. In this case, there are usually no restrictions after the procedure concerning driving or returning to work.
However, for our patients who suffer from extreme ”dental anxiety,” we can provide oral sedation (“sleep dentistry”), and in some cases, I.V. sedation or general anesthesia performed by a licensed dental anesthesiologist. In this case, we require you to have a driver accompany you to and from our office. If you think sedation or general anesthesia is for you, we require a consultation appointment prior to a treatment appointment.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your appointment:
- Your referral form.
- A list of medications you are presently taking.
- If you have medical or dental insurance, bring the necessary completed forms. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.
IMPORTANT: A parent or guardian must accompany all patients under 18 at the consultation visit.
Please alert the office if you have a medical condition that may be of concern prior to surgery (i.e. diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, etc.) or if you are on any medication (i.e. heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, etc.) or require medication prior to dental cleanings (i.e antibiotics, for pre-med.)
Continue all medications for blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid problems and any other conditions as recommended by your physician. If there is a question, please call our office prior to your appointment.
Please eat a full breakfast or lunch as applicable.
If you have been advised by your physician or dentist to use antibiotic premedication because of a joint replacement, a specific heart condition or if you have rheumatic heart disease, please make sure you take the full dose on the day of your appointment.
If you can take ibuprofen (Advil) or naproxen sodium (Aleve), it does help reduce inflammation when taken pre-operatively. We recommend 2 tablets of either medication 2-4 hours before endodontic therapy.
If you have any questions, please call our office at 405-329-7936